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5 Popular Meditation Centers in India

Updated on September 1, 2018
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Srikanth has been practicing meditation since 1996. He strongly believes that expansion of consciousness is possible through meditation.

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India, the land of spirituality, has produced spiritual giants like Daaji, Vivekananda, Chariji, Buddha, Aurobindo, Babuji, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Lalaji. Many people from all parts of the world, including great achievers like Steve Jobs, have visited India and meditated.

Here are 5 famous meditation centers in India.

Babuji Memorial Ashram, Chennai

Inspiring architecture and beauty of nature complement each other at Babuji Memorial Ashram, which is the world headquarters of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. A special spiritual atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal to learn meditation. Heartfulness meditation teachers are available for one-on-one sessions. There is no fee to learn meditation here. Daaji is the Global Heartfulness Guide.

Babuji Memorial Ashram, Chennai

Meditation is a process to create a meditative state

within us that manifests our heart’s intrinsic goodness. This expression of goodness makes peace dynamic and life-affirming, and in its wake, brings unity and harmony to this world.

— Daaji

Matrimandir, Pondicherry

Located at the centre of Auroville, Matrimandir (Temple of the Mother) is an edifice of spiritual significance for those who practice Integral yoga. It is a place for acquiring peace and meditation where people from all around the world come to lead a life without any caste, religion, colour, socio-economic status to realise human unity.

Matrimandir Architecture

Matrimandir is a combination of modern western and traditional Indian architecture. The spacious Inner Chamber in the upper hemisphere of the Matrimandir is completely white, with white marble walls and deep, white carpeting.

Matrimandir

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Sri Ramana Ashram, Tiruvannamalai

Also known as Sri Ramanasramam, this ashram which was home to sage and philosopher Ramana Maharshi from 1922 to 1950, when he left his mortal body. Here you can learn Self-Inquiry Meditation Technique.

What is essential in any sadhana [spiritual practice] is to try to bring back the running mind and fix it on one thing only. Why then should it not be brought back and fixed in Self-attention (To this feeling of ‘I’)? That alone is Self-enquiry (atma-vichara). That is all that is to be done!

— Ramana Maharshi

Vipassana Meditation Center, Igatpuri

Located around 135 kilometers from Mumbai, this meditation center was set up by Burmese-Indian meditation teacher S.N. Goenka. Its pagoda has over 400 cells for individual meditation. The center offers various meditation courses.

Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore

This meditation center was founded under the aegis of Isha Foundation, which is dedicated to create an inclusive culture that promotes global harmony and progress. The center, which houses a 64,000 sq. ft. meditation hall, offers guided meditation and various yoga programs for inner transformation.

Trivia

Steve Jobs is said to have got the vision for creating Apple after he visited the Kainchi Dham ashram.

© 2017 Srikanth R

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      Srikanth R 

      12 months ago

      Thank you. Yes. They are beautiful.

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      Travel-Wise 

      12 months ago

      Wonderful article! All of these places look so beautiful!

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